Many people do not think about cleaning the dryer vent until their clothes come out damp or wet. Even if you faithfully remove the lint from the dryer trap you can still have build up in your dryer vent. Also, birds and other animals can build nests in your dryer vents if they are not properly protected.
What is the difference between the lint trap and the dryer vent? A dryer lint trap is located inside the dryer, normally at the bottom of the door opening. The dryer vent is the corrugated pipe from the back of your dryer that runs through your home to the exterior of the house. The path of your dryer vent could be a short distance to a long distance, depending on the location of your dryer and the exterior exit.
You may wonder why it is important to have your dryer vent cleaned on a regular basis. First and most important, lint build-up can create a fire hazard. A blocked dryer vent reduces the efficiency of the appliance, causing higher utility bills and repair costs. Your dryer works harder and is more susceptible to breakdowns. Be sure to clean out your lint trap each time you use your dryer.
In the long run, annual checks of your dryer vents will save you money by reducing your utility bill, reduce the strain on your dryer and prevent home fires.